This is the 110th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.
Deceased from the East
Scott ‘Bam Bam’ Bigelow had a multitude of troubles after his retirement from pro wrestling in 2004. He was arrested for Marijuana possession, owed his ex-wife thousands in unpaid child support, was also charged with reckless driving and child endangerment, a charge he was able to later get dismissed. He allegedly owed money for unpaid medical bills and in 2005 was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in Florida.
According to police, Bigelow was riding his brother’s motorcycle with a blood/alcohol level of .208 which was almost three times over the legal limit. Bigelow was eventually arrested and released on $5,000 bail. He could’ve faced severe charges if his girlfriend (who was on the back of his motorcycle) died from her injuries. She did survive her injuries after being hospitalized for nearly a year.
On January 19th, 2007, Bigelow was found dead in his girlfriend’s apartment. He had overdosed on a deadly mixture of cocaine and pills. Bigelow was just 45 years old.
In Cole Blood
Former Tulsa, Oklahoma deputy sheriff and pro wrestler Cole Crittenden was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of an alleged pimp named Michael Jones. According to reports, Crittenden and three other assailants were called to help out a female friend who was being accosted by Jones at a motel in Tulsa. Two of the men (Not Crittenden) went inside the motel room to “rough up” Jones.
In the melee, Jones was shot in the chest and died. Everybody involved fled the scene. Cole Crittenden was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder but insisted he was innocent of the crime. He claimed he was coerced into going to the motel and was held at gunpoint to make sure he was there as back-up.
The judge did eventually dismiss the charges against Crittenden after he agreed to become a material witness in the case against the other defendants. Crittenden wrestled on the Oklahoma independent scene as the ‘Masked Outlaw’ and as the ‘Real Deal.’
WCW…”Where the Big Girls Play…with small boys”
At the height of WCW Monday Nitro’s popularity in 1997, the promotion decided to have a “Miss Nitro” contest for their Spring Break edition of the show. The winner turned out to be a 19-year-old named Pamela Rogers. A few years after her pageant win, Rogers would get married and become a school teacher.
In 2005, it was discovered that the former Miss Nitro/turned school teacher was having sex with a 13-year-old male student. She was charged with 15 counts of sexual battery and 13 counts of statutory rape. She was sentenced to 8 years in prison but eventually cut a deal with prosecutors that reduced her sentence to 9 months. She would get a divorce and lose her teacher’s license.
Just 8 months after her release from jail, Rogers was arrested again, this time for sending sexual texts to the very same former student. She was sentenced to 9 years in a Tennessee prison.
The Chief of Shafts
Orlando Jordan wrestled for both the WWE and TNA during his career. A former WWE United States champion, Jordan was known as “The Chief of Staff” in John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield’s ‘Cabinet’ faction. He was also known as one of the first openly bisexual wrestlers in history.
In 2010, while wrestling for TNA, several nude pictures of Jordan surfaced online. Originally they were thought to have been hacked but in actuality, Jordan uploaded them himself. Some “fans” saw the photos on his Photobucket account and spread them everywhere.
When the WWE defeated WCW in the infamous ‘Monday Night Wars’ and purchased WCW, many of the wrestlers and staff from the company were retained. That didn’t sit well with many in the WWE who felt that some of the WCW guys were going to get their spots within the promotion. There was this predisposition that most of the former WCW talent had primadonna attitudes. That was something that wasn’t going to fly in the WWE locker room.
So when former WCW now WWE referee Billy Silverman took it upon himself to change his first ever WWE tour flight from coach to first class, it didn’t go over very well. WWE veteran Kurt Angle knew this would enrage many of the boys, so he tried to talk Silverman out of doing it. Angle knew that the protocol was only veterans who “earned their stripes” were considered allowed to fly first class.
Silverman didn’t care or didn’t totally understand the rule considering he was always able to do it in WCW. So when word got back to others of what Silverman did, he was ordered to attend something called ‘Wrestler’s Court.’ The purpose of Wrestlers Court was for the wrestlers to govern and discipline other wrestlers without getting WWE management involved. Silverman was found guilty and ordered to serve the wrestlers booze on the next flight. Silverman complained and that put a target on his back, especially from JBL.
JBL who was already known as the company bully and enforcer, hazed and harassed Billy Silverman continually. Silverman eventually quit the company over the harassment and filed a lawsuit against the WWE. The suit was eventually dismissed in a real court.
You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.